Liverpool continues to suffer heavy injury blows to their defense.
Liverpool are currently 3rd in Premier League and the current group toppers in the UEFA Champions League. However, the Reds did not have great fortune going into the new season. Liverpool have suffered the most number of injuries this season so far among the Premier League clubs. Dutch international Virgil Van Dijk has been sidelined for 6-7 months due to an ACL injury he suffered in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool’s makeshift center back Fabinho was also taken off during the Champions League game.
However, the situation has turned worse after England manager Gareth Southgate gave updates on Joe Gomez’s injury. According to reports by Daily Mail, the England defender has suffered the injury during the training session. Gomez’s injury may sideline him for the rest of the season and the player can also miss next year’s Euro. Trent Alexander-Arnold is also sidelined for four weeks after he was taken off against Manchester City. Boss Jurgen Klopp is now without three of the four starters at the back.
At the start of the season, Klopp stated that Liverpool will be attacking the title not defending it. The current Premier League holders have not been great defensively this season, and these injuries will only make matters worse. The Reds have conceded 16 goals in the league so far and only West Brom and Leeds United have conceded more. Liverpool conceded 7 goals at Villa Park and it was an embarrassing result for the Premier League champions.
The Liverpool boss will be having a tough time setting up his back four. Joel Matip, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams are the current center back options for the side, versatile James Milner can cover up for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Andy Robertson is the natural choice at left-back.
Liverpool fans can be positive about the team’s performances in the Champions League. The Merseyside club has a perfect record so far and have scored 8 goals in 3 games and conceded none. This should be a boost to the side but Klopp will surely be looking to sign defensive reinforcements in the January transfer market as, without their starting back-four, the club will really suffer.
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